Marilyn Kinyon  

Mysterious Connections by Marilyn Kinyon

September 2020 - Mysterious Connections

September 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 1

September 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 2

September 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 3

About the Image(s)

Original 1 is a macro I took of a rotted piece of wood.
I applied a teal and yellow gradient to it.

Original 2 Is a close up of an iguanas eye.
I layered this over 1 with the opacity adjusted for a nice blend. Then I selectively erased and further blended using various opacities.
Original 3 was a shadow selfie.
I masked it so I just had the shadow left, altered it a bit, made it a color that matched one I picked from the iguana eye, and placed it where I wanted it.

I had saved a copy of 3 , uncolored, which I cloned into the iguana eye. Next, I merged all the layers. Then I used liquify in several areas to better blend and highlight some things.

Layer 5
Using some Kyle splatter brushes I added the spatter flow between the hand and the eye.

Layer 6
Added a bit of shadowing around the outer edges.
Then I flattened it all.

8 comments posted

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Welcome to the Group Marilyn.
A picture story. I see the gigantic lizard going to attack the shadow figure. Maybe I am too negative. The Original 2 was very sharp but it has lost some sharpness in the image.
I like the splatter flow between the hand and the eye. Either it will subdue the lizard or establish a connection.
Very interesting and well done image.   Posted: 09/05/2020 20:38:39

Betty Billingham   Betty Billingham
Welcome to the group and what a stunning first picture. Great to have been able to get such a good picture of the iguana's eye. You have put it to good use here. Tells a great story. Well done!   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:33:05

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Welcome to the group, Marilyn!
This is a very compelling image. The giant reptile eye is fantastic. The silhouette on the left balances it very nicely. I really like the way you took the color from the eye to apply to the silhouette. I feel the play of light and shadow here is very satisfying, especially the carefully crafted shadows in the corners.
The splatter trail between the hand and the eye is a nice touch.

I really love the sharpness in the original of the eye and would have liked to see more of that in the final image. The clarity of the ridges of the skin texture would add to the ominous feeling of the reptile for me (though it is plenty intimidating as is!).
At first I thought the reflection in the eye was part of the wood texture you used. A brighter eye might make that easier to see. Just a thought.

I hope you don't mind my showing my suggestion via a modification of your image; it's just hard to explain what I mean in words sometimes and easier to illustrate it. If you prefer that I don't do that, just let me know.

I'm very glad you have joined our group!

  Posted: 09/09/2020 17:47:19
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Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
I don't mind at all. That's why I am here. To get and share ideas. Thank You!   Posted: 09/10/2020 11:06:35

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Marilyn, I would like to extend my welcome to the group as well. I very much enjoy your first image. I love images that tell a story but leave a mystery. This image does both.   Posted: 09/09/2020 22:00:54

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Welcome to Group 54, Marilyn. I see great potential in this composite, but I do not agree wholeheartedly with the above feedback (nothing new for me). Original 2 is so good that I feel it should not have been altered to the degree it was. In humans, the eye in a front facing portrait is the same shape as the lizard's eye on the side of its head. We are programmed to see the eye this way. Picasso made a living changing this program. Looking at the final composite the rock and lizard together in the lower right hand corner seem to form a nose. Couple that with the "forward facing" eye and the intimidating lizard is gone. Original 2 is so menacing that you don't have to blur it for effect. Personally, the specks detract from the impact of the lizard. By now you can tell I really like the lizard. It plus your good image of rocks and your good shadow will make a good composite. To me, this is a draft--a draft of an image that has great potential.
  Posted: 09/10/2020 08:47:22
Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
Thank you for your feedback! I am obviously still learning and that is why I am here. I will consider everything you have said.   Posted: 09/10/2020 11:08:37

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Welcome to the Group Marilyn!
I enjoyed your image and don't feel like I can add anything to what has already been offered by others (This is been a crazy month for me and I will be better at critiquing in 2021)
My advice is to be true to yourself and your work.
I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!   Posted: 09/17/2020 13:43:50


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